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Dive Review of Villa Markisa in
Indonesia/Bali

Villa Markisa: "Well run Boutique Dive Resort", Nov, 2016,

by Blake Hottle, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9403 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is a small, very high quality resort with just a few very nice bungalows on the shore near Tulamben, about a 5 minute boat ride from the Liberty wreck. This is on the Northeast shore of Bali about 3 hours from the airport. This was a good fit for us as we did not care about night life, but we did care about excellent facilities and staff.

They have some nice small boats just off shore that you have to wade to, as no docks are permitted in this area. This was not a problem, as the staff was super helpful getting the gear and people aboard.

There is terrific muck diving right there off the resort. The sloping volcanic sand and pebbles are rich in critters. We did several boat dives, as well, and are glad we did. While the 1962 volcanic eruptions did wipe out much of the reef system in this area, there are places with good coral walls that survived. We never took a boat ride that was over 5 minutes.

I did the Liberty wreck twice. First thing in the morning is highly recommended to avoid the crowds. And there ARE crowds. By getting there at 6:15 one morning we avoided all the other people and my guide and I had the whole place to ourselves for over 30 minutes. The wreck is as good as everyone says. It's huge and diverse.

My wife and I really loved the dive staff. They really worked hard to take care of everything and the dive facility there, while small, worked really well for us. The staff is laid back, but very attentive.

The rooms at this resort are spectacular. Beautiful high ceilings, and nice Balinese furnishings. Rich landscaping. Not a cinder block in sight. Quiet air conditioning. terrific shower.

The food is served family style, and is really wonderful.
Websites Villa Markisa   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bay Islands Honduras, Bonaire, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Belize, Oregon, Washington, southern California, Raja Ampat
Closest Airport Denpasar Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They were pretty flexible, but we never wanted to go below 90 feet anyway.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments A large dedicated dunk tank at the resort for cameras. Nothing on the boats. They are small, so bring a flexible cooler bag.
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